Arreola’s Career On The Line Against Kownacki
When it comes to being in the spotlight, Chris Arreola is a true veteran of the game. Competing in multiple title fights over the years, the 38-year-old is looking for one more shot at heavyweight gold. In his way is rising star Adam Kownacki.
Arreola (38-5-1, 2NC) is willing to put it all on the line inside the Barclays Center on August 3. In his last nine fights, Arreola has a 4-3-1 record with one no-contest. He still believes he has a lot left to prove. Enough so that Arreola is willing to put his career on the line.
“If I lose this fight, I will retire, plain and simple,” stated Arreola on PBC’s Face to Face program. “I love the sport of boxing and I want people to still remember me as a world heavyweight champion. I believe I still have the skills to do so.”
A WBC Champion, Arreola has been fighting since 2003. On a 27-fight win streak before losing to Vitali Klitschko in 2009, Arreola has faced some of the top names in boxing. His last loss came to Deontay Wilder back in 2016. Taking time off after that fight to recover, hs is now on a two-fight win streak, both via some sort of stoppage.
Kownacki (19-0) is one of the fastest-rising stars in the heavyweight boxing scene. With 15 wins via knockout, the 30-year-old is moving up in the sport. A win against Arreola could propel to him a true championship opportunity. The idea of facing someone with the resume of Arreola entices Kownacki.
“I remember even watching him as an amateur growing up,” Kownacki stated. “Every time he fought, I had to tune in because he was so exciting. I think our styles are perfectly matched for each other to make a fight that will be a legendary night. I think it will be an action-packed fight. Truly I wish I could watch it from the sideline, and I will do that after the fight is over.”
Kownacki may be younger, but losing to the Polish fighter is not what Arreola has in mind.
“I love boxing. The love for boxing came back to me and the fact that I’m a different person,” Arreola went on to say. “I’m more mature, I understand the significance of this fight. This is a big fight, there’s a big opportunity for him and a big opportunity for me. I can’t leave one stone unturned because I know that this man is going to come and try to break my head and try to make a statement with my name and I can’t let that happen.”
“If I’m not World Champion, I did nothing with my career.” –Arreola
Before these two Heavyweights meet in the ring, Adam Kownacki and Chris Arreola go Face to Face. pic.twitter.com/LTUMWx7rlP
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